Nancy Lamka | Stress B Gone Music Soothing Weary Souls™ Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:22:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SONG – Cradled in His Love Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:23:47 +0000 This song penetrates my being.

Review of the Concert in the Grotto Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:05:17 +0000 This concert began when I tried to drive over to the Grotto the previous Monday to turn in some papers and try the piano. I began at about ten minutes to four thinking it would take about forty-five minutes.

It was raining and nasty out, and beginning to get dark.

I noticed that the traffic was moving very slowly as I began driving on the freeway. I watched the clock and it seemed to be going faster but the traffic was going about 5 miles an hour. There had been wrecks on highway 26 and one on 84.

To sum it up, the trip took me an hour and a half – twice as long as I was planning. I was told by several that the Grotto was open until 6:00pm but that the gates were locked  at 5:30pm. But when I arrived it was about 5:17 and to my dismay, the gates were already locked.

I was so disappointed but decided to return and try again the next day. So instead of practicing at the Grotto, I went on to play for two hours at the airport. It was wonderful. I meet some interesting people. Folks are so appreciative also.

The next day I was able to break free from things at about 3:00pm and tried again. It took 35 minutes and the weather was better. I delivered my papers, and proceeded to the chapel and over to the piano. It was an upright Kawai. It had a nice touch.

Something happened to me. As I played, I was so engulfed by the awesome presence of God. It gripped my heart and was like that the rest of the night. I felt like a little child, and I remembered how my big sister had wanted my to play at The Grotto. She thought it would be so beautiful.

I wish she had been here, but her prayer was answered. What a serene, special time it was to play and listen to the notes singing.

Much appreciation for the help with publicity to those of you who shared this event with friends!

I was a little surprised to have to climb four flights of stairs ……in high heels :) That was to get into the first auditorium where we waited for an hour. I had left my running shoes in the car.

It was a different twist to have two other musicians playing also, but it was wonderful. I played with Pastor Greg on bass and Cole on the clarinet.

The sound was amazing!

Next time I would rent a grand piano and center it so their could be better interaction with the audience. This is the first time I have done a concert with my back to the people, but I hope that did not distract from the music.

I was taken back that people wanted to clap so much and loudly, since I am used to playing in places where people do not clap for the music. But it was not a performance for me, it was worship.

The people from the grotto were so kind and encouraging, and I would like to say a big thank-you to them.

We are so appreciative to those who came from other states, and those who came from all over the Portland, Gresham, and Hillsboro areas.  Thank you soooooooooo much for taking the time.

One friend came up the aisle and said “it was just beautiful!”.

Thank you to all who prayed for us. I can remember one time I felt I should go ahead with a cameo from an original concerto of mine and in rehearsal I made so many mistakes on it that I dropped it from the program.

As I approached the place where it had been deleted, in my heart I felt “play the concerto cameo” and I was a little surprised, but I prayed for help and moved into it.
I was so grateful. I know it was because of your prayers that I played it without a mistake. Thank the Lord for His grace and faithfulness.

It changed the atmosphere and the heart Tue, 16 Oct 2012 03:17:22 +0000 I have a friend who takes care of people who want to stay in their own homes, and she took a couple of my CD’s to one of her clients. The lady has dementia, and was reluctant because my friend asked her to play the CD’s and wanted to play her own.

So my friend convinced her to listen to the music, and the lady who was normally very restless and sometimes angry, became quiet, peaceful, relaxed, and she went to sleep.

My friend said that when she returned the next day, the woman said she was so excited and she had shared with everyone who had come in to see her. She said she could see me sitting with my eyes closed and a big smile on my face.

That’s amazing…

People used to say they’d see other people who came in angry to the airport begin to relax and calm down when they heard the music.

I’ve seen the music do that at the airport for years, but it’s neat that it’s in different venue, different surroundings, but the same result.

Now playing home concerts Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:41:18 +0000 I have been playing on small home concerts lately, and it has been very exciting and rewarding! More information coming soon about how you can get involved and have a home concert at your house.

Forever Faithful Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:27:48 +0000 Playing the song Forever Faithful in the little church near where I used to live.

Melodies in my head Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:26:18 +0000 Hi there,
Last Monday morning just as I woke up, this melody came into my head. It kept going over and over, and I knew I should go write it down. I did. It kept growing. Ist theme,
modulation , expansion, variation on a theme, minor.
Second theme, second movement, two themes, expansion, variation. It has gone on all week and more this am. Last Monday, I realized it was a gorgeous piano concerto. It so touches my heart with the love of God.
I can hardly wait to share it. It will be a while because I am working on another music project :) the ethnic one. Have a great day!!

The Mosaic (Audio) Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:21:57 +0000 Take a listen to my song The Mosaic, from the album Mountainous Journey.


Flora’s Song Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:11:18 +0000 A song written for a friend in Costa Rica

Corridor of Time live at the Portland Airport Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:06:07 +0000 Playing songs from Corridor of Time live at PDX!

Corridor of Time Introduction Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:55:11 +0000 An intro to the new album Corridor of Time